Recovery Strategy for the Shortnose Cisco (Coregonus reighardi) in Canada
- Appendix A: Effects on the environment and other species
- Appendix B: Record of cooperation and consultation
Appendix A: Effects on the environment and other species
A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is conducted on all Species at Risk Act (SARA) recovery planning documents, in accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. The purpose of a SEA is to incorporate environmental considerations into the development of public policies, plans, and program proposals to support environmentally sound decision-making.
Recovery planning is intended to benefit species at risk and biodiversity in general. However, it is recognized that strategies may also inadvertently lead to environmental effects beyond the intended benefits. The planning process based on national guidelines directly incorporates consideration of all environmental effects, with a particular focus on possible impacts upon non-target species or habitats. The results of the SEA are incorporated directly into the strategy itself, but are also summarized below in this statement.
As recovery is not feasible for the Shortnose Cisco, this recovery strategy does not propose any specific recovery actions or activities that would adversely affect the environment or other species. General conservation approaches detailed in Section 4 of this report including education, management, and research strategies are directed at improving our fundamental knowledge of the deepwater cisco species and ultimately improving the ability to manage them as a whole. Other deepwater cisco species under consideration by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) (i.e. Shortjaw Cisco) or currently listed under SARA (i.e. Kiyi) can only benefit from an improved understanding of the species complex.
Appendix B: Record of cooperation and consultation
During consultations on the proposed listing of the Shortnose Cisco, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) published notices in 12 local newspapers inviting comment and an expression of interest in the species. These Newspapers included:
In addition, 38 Aboriginal communities and organizations were directly contacted and provided with information packages on the Shortnose Cisco inviting comment and an expression of interest. These communities/organizations included:
Similarly, information packages were sent to 28 non-aboriginal organizations including:
A total of nine replies were received in response to the general and direct notifications; three from First Nation Communities, two from environmental organizations, one from industry, and three from private individuals. Comments received ranged from supporting the listing (4) to being neutral (neither supporting nor opposing the listing). A draft recovery strategy was forwarded to all nine respondents identified.
The Shortnose Cisco Recovery Strategy was prepared by DFO in consultation with various researchers, biologists and managers knowledgeable of the deepwater cisco in the Great Lakes. A formal recovery team was not convened for the species given the lack of knowledge on the species, its presumed extinction and the fact that recovery was deemed non-feasible. Individuals consulted or participating during the development of the recovery strategy included:
- Tom Pratt, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
- Nick Mandrak, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Burlington, ON
- Jim Reist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Winnipeg, MB
- Dana Boyter, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Burlington, ON
- Pooi-Leng Wong, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Winnipeg, MB
- Ken Cullis, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Thunder Bay, ON
- Lloyd Mohr, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Owen Sound, ON
- Scott Reid, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, ON
- Scott Gibson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, ON
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources participated throughout the development and review of this recovery strategy and once completed it will contribute to meeting their requirements for a recovery strategy under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act 2007. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Division of Endangered Species also provided comments indicating general concurrence with the approach proposed in this recovery strategy.
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